Cleveland: Coast Guard search begins after empty boat found

9:41 AM, Jun 9, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Coast Guard & Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources continue searching near the Cleveland shoreline after an empty boat was found.

The Coast Guard contacted the owner of the boat.

James Scott Mol told the Coast Guard his boat was stolen.

On Friday, Coast Guard crews, along with a boat crew from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources continue searching the vicinity of Cleveland Harbor for a possible person or people in the water.

They are searching the area inside the breakwall after other boaters reported a vessel stuck up on the rocks near Burke Lakefront Airport with no one aboard.

Reporting sources contacted the Coast Guard about 8:30 p.m. Friday night.  They said the 27-foot sport boat was on the rocks, inside the Cleveland Harbor breakwall. It was reported that the vessel's radio was on, and it was taking on water.

The Station Cleveland Harbor RB-M crew went aboard the vessel but found no one aboard.  They took down the boat's vehicle identification number.

Police attempted to track down the registered owner, finding only his ex-wife.

The owner's name is not being released, because it is Coast Guard policy to withhold the names of people who are possibly in distress until next-of-kin have been notified.

The Coast Guard urges mariners always keep their boats' registration information up to date. Tracking down the owner of a vessel can be critical to obtaining information necessary to find missing or injured boaters.

Anyone who may know anything surrounding this case should contact the Coast Guard.


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